Emirates American Football League Desert Bowl 2013-Present

Emirates American Football League Logo [Ref: 2]

Desert Bowls 2013-Present

II2013-14Dubai Barracudas12Abu Dhabi Wildcats6
III2014-15Dubai Stallions30Dubai Barracudas6
IV2015-16Dubai Barracudas21Abu Dhabi Wildcats18
V2016-17Al Ain Desert Foxes18Abu Dhabi Wildcats12 (3ot)
VI2017-18Dubai Barracudas19Abu Dhabi Wildcats0
Emirates American Football League Desert Bowls 2013-Present [Ref: 1-7]


Dubai Barracudas have been the most successful team in the Emirates American Football League Desert Bowl, winning twice under Quarterback Zavier Cobb in 2013-14 and 2015-16, and again under Cobb as Coach in 2017-18. Other winners of the Desert Bowl have included Dubai Stallions (2014-15) and Al Ain Desert Foxes (2016-17).

Neil Bowles, who is from Belfast, Ireland, and played with the Belfast Spartans in the 1990s in the Irish American Football League, played with the UAE Falcons in 2012. [8]

Dubai Barracudas Desert Bowl Champions 2017-18 [Ref: 10]


[1] Sport 360 (2014) Barracudas Varsity deny Abu Dhabi a Desert Bowl clean sweep [Internet] Available from: https://sport360.com/article/other/eafl/272706/abu-dhabi-wildcats-aim-to-break-drought-in-desert-bowl-rematch-with-dubai-barracudas [Accessed 16 March 2019]

[2] Sport 360 (2015) Stallions beat Barracudas to Gallop away with EAFL title[Internet] Available from: https://sport360.com/article/other/eafl/34009/stallions-beat-barracudas-gallop-away-eafl-title [Accessed 5 July 2020]

[3] Sport 360 (2016) Retirement beckons for Barracudas star Xavier Cobb [Internet] Available from: https://sport360.com/article/other/eafl/170470/retirement-beckons-for-dubai-barracudas-star-zavier-cobb [Accessed 5 July 2020]

[4] Sport 360 (2017) EAFL Preview Desert Foxes take on Abu Dhabi Wildcats [Internet] Available from: https://sport360.com/article/other/eafl/226524/eafl-2017-desert-bowl-preview-al-ain-desert-foxes-eyeing-shutout-of-abu-dhabi-wildcats [Accessed 5 July 2020]

[5] Sport 360 (2017) EAFL Falcons fly high over Jeddah [Internet] Available from: https://sport360.com/article/other/eafl/229134/eafl-falcons-fly-high-over-jeddah [Accessed 5 July 2020]

[6] Sport 360 (2018) Dubai Barracudas return to top under Zavier Cobb by beating Abu Dhabi wildcats in Desert Bowl VI[Internet] Available from: https://sport360.com/article/other/eafl/272862/dubai-barracudas-return-to-the-top-under-zavier-cobb-by-beating-abu-dhabi-wildcats-in-desert-bowl-vi [Accessed 5 July 2020]

[7] American Football International (2017) Abu Dhabi Outfoxed by Al Ain in Thrilling EAFL Desert Bowl V [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootballinternational.com/abu-dhabi-outfoxed-al-ain-thrilling-eafl-desert-bowl-v/ [Accessed 5 July 2020]

[8] Belfast Spartans (2019) Player Profiles: Neil Bowles [Internet] Available from: http://www.belfastspartans.co.uk/player-profiles.html [Accessed 16 March 2019]


[9] Emirates American Football League (2019) logo [Internet] Available from: https://eafl.ae/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/logo.png [Accessed 5 July 2020]

[10] Sport 360 (2018) Barracudas [Internet] Available from: https://sport360.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Barracudas.jpg [Accessed 5 July 2020]


Thanks to William Winters

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